Traumatic Brain Injury: FDA Research and Actions

By: FDA Consumer Reports

A car accident. A football tackle. An unfortunate fall. These things—and more—can cause head injuries. Head injuries can happen to anyone, at any age, and they can damage the brain.

Here’s how damage can happen: A sudden movement of the head and brain can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, stretching and injuring brain cells and creating chemical changes. This damage is called a traumatic brain injury, or “TBI.”

As kids prepare for school sports, and many adults look ahead to fall activities, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is researching TBI—and encouraging the development of new medical devices to help diagnose and treat it.